US Africa Organization to Consider...
Hi Everyone, I've just joined the forum due to the thread about Tusk & Hide (et al) found in today's email. If you're not familiar with APTA (the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa), I would suggest you check the Corporate Members on the site (APTA, Africa Tourism, Promotion of Tourism to Africa) and/or consider contacting someone in the organization when you have a question about a US vendor. APTA also has several marketing reps who are members so you can also use the directory to find someone considered legitimate in the industry, should you wish marketing assistance in the US.
So sorry several of you got screwed by T&H ... it's difficult enough doing business across the water without adding con men to the mix. I'm currently president of APTA's Midwest Chapter, by the way, and will be happy to offer assistance to future inquiries, should you wish to vet a US company claiming to be in the travel industry. I can't guarantee I'll have answers but I'm willing to scratch the surface for you.
Shady dealings. Pro Hunter/Guide.
We had a "professional hunter/guide" in our area who took several hundred thousand dollars from clients, but when taken into custody, was pennyless.
He spent three years in jail, but miracles never cease. He is now part owner in a Charter Fishing operation. Bought with cash!
None of the clients got any money out of the court case, and he is now making a nice living off of summer tourists.
Please don't get your hopes up about getting your money back. Just pray for justice to put them in jail for a long time. Much longer than the man from our area I hope.
I apologize to you for every American who is honest in his dealings with his fellow man. These people are part of the 2% who make the rest of us look bad.